|Megan Levad is the busiest person to ever volunteer to help someone
create, edit, and publish an online literary magazine. A third year
student here at the University of Iowa, she is an English Honors student
with Art History and Philosophy minors. Besides studying and playing her
part in this publication, Megan also volunteers at the Women's Resource
and Action Center, is involved with earthwords and has created a number of web pages for the
University of Iowa. On the side, Megan works at the Weeg Help Desk. Megan
is devoted to perfection yet somehow finds the time to remain a valuable
friend to many people. Megan works harder than almost any person I have
ever met in my life. And for that, I am glad that she was the person I
butted heads with to create this publication, and I am not saying this
just because it is two in the morning.
-Stephen Patrick Balsley
Watch for a picture of us in future issues--if we ever find one we like!
|extra special thanks to:
John and Paul or George and Kramer -
whichever they may prefer.
Patient significant others.
Brooks Landon, Mary Ann Rasmussen, Tom Simmons, and all the other kickass
members of the U of I English Department.
All contributors to this first issue.
And, last, but not least, Livardo Cafe
and the Dublin Underground.
|Stephen Patrick Balsley is already well on his way, only two years
into college, to becoming the editor-in-chief of the New Yorker. Aside
from tirelessly working to produce SMACK!, he is a formidable English
Honors student who takes Latin for "fun," is on the earthwords staff, and is planning to publish two print
literary magazines this summer in Iowa City, to be distributed by Prairie
Lights. Despite all of these activities, Stephen still manages to pull
away from his computer and his books (sometimes) to spend time with his
many friends. I am supremely thankful for his ceaseless perfectionism
coupled with an eye for what's smart, as well as his willingness to teach
and learn--the very qualities that made me want to build this publication
with him in the first place. Oh, and I'm not just saying this because it's
2:40am and he's sitting right next to me watching Laverne and
Shirley as I type.
-Megan S. Levad
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